Waterfront Dining in the Georgia Mountains

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  1. ziya rose says:

    Thank you for recommending ” Boat Dock Bar & Grill restaurant” on your website. It’s a charming spot with a beautiful location. The view of Lake Blue Ridge was breathtaking, and the atmosphere was very inviting. The kitchen may be small, but the food hit the spot. The prices were reasonable, and the drinks were affordable. I particularly enjoyed the Hunch Punch; the weekly specials were a great addition to the menu.
    I appreciated the dog-friendly policy and the option of takeout, and I was able to take my little Foufou with me; she’s my little child to me. Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I will definitely recommend this restaurant and your website to others. Thank you for sharing such a gem with your audience.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello, ziya rose! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It’s extra special to enjoy a meal at a beautiful location and even more so when your dog is able to join the fun too!

  2. Dave says:

    I absolutely loved this blog post about waterfront dining in the Georgia Mountains! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting some of the restaurants mentioned in the article and can confirm that they offer a truly unique and unforgettable dining experience. There’s something special about enjoying a delicious meal while overlooking a beautiful lake or river, and the article captured that essence perfectly. From casual lakeside cafes to upscale fine dining establishments, there’s no shortage of waterfront dining options in the Georgia Mountains.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi, Dave!  Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s nice that the warmer weather is allowing the seasonal places to start opening for the year! Bon Appétit!

  3. Gabe Mackelmore says:

    Tybee Island would be my choice if you were to ask me which summer or beach destination has the best combination of hotels and restaurants by the beach or near the water. Thank you for the accurate recommendations!

    • Alyce says:

      Tybee Island is a nice destination, but as it is a coastal Georgia destination, it is not located near any of the scenic North Georgia mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Gabe Mackelmore says:

    Incredible list I like having meals at restaurants on the beach or close on the water. These establishments really did offer amazing meals and wonderful dining experiences! I hold them in high regard, just as https://visittybee.com/list/waterfront-restaurant, which is at the top of my culinary list.

  5. Ann says:

    The scenery in the Georgia mountains is beautiful. And I have been planing a trip there for over two years. I believe this year we will finally be able to go. I am excited about this trip. I would like to stay near the canyon area. I can’t wait to dine over there with my family.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello! It’s been tougher than usual to travel for the past couple of years, but hopefully, 2022 will fare better!  

  6. Kwidzin says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative article that highlights waterfront dining in North Ga. This is a place that i have always wanted to visit, even though im on the other side of the pond in Scotland for this holiday. Its hard to beat a place with a great view, and these waterfront locations look like they offer the best of the area. 

    • Alyce says:

      These waterfront restaurants definitely have some of the best locations in the Ga mountains. Keep them in mind for when you’re able to travel and enjoy the scenic views with your meal!

  7. Stratos K says:

    There are so many nice restaurants out there that you don’t really know which one to choose for next. Looking at your list I find myself liking everything so much that it’s hard to decide! I love nature and there is no better place to have something to eat than next to a river with nice nature engulfing you to up the appetite. List bookmarked!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Stratos K, If you have enough time in the area, hopefully, you’ll be able to try out a few of your top picks! Cheers!

  8. Sameema Ibrahim says:


    First of all, I would say your great title “Waterfront Dining in the Georgia Mountains” attracted me. The title itself made me to imagine enjoying the food there. As I went through your description and images, I felt as if I really visited each and every restaurant there. Such a lovely walk-through it was. You write really well. Hope to visit other posts too.

    Keep writing and informing people around the world about such places and experiences. All the Best 🙂

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much, Sameema! It’s certainly a great time of year for waterfront dining in North Georgia!

  9. Dominique says:

    Hi. Thanks for this. I love travelling and even though I live far away from Georgia Mountains, I’d love to visit one day. I love searching for places to go and your article was really hepful to me. I find it difficult in organising my trips but now, I have all I need in one article. Gonna save in for future use!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Dominique, I’m so glad you found the information to be helpful. I love dining at restaurants with a great view, and these all fit that bill!

  10. Kokontala says:

    Good day, I’m pleased to meet you. I have never been in Georgia before, and I am dying to travel to these scenic restaurants in North Georgia with both water and mountain views. That should really be an amazing meal. Dining in these waterfront restaurants should be fun for the whole family. Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating information.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello, I’m happy to hear that you have found some great restaurant destinations for your trip to Georgia! Enjoy!

  11. Sergej says:

    Hi Alyce,

    I’ve grown fond of coming back to your website because of the guideposts you share here. I especially love how thorough and in-depth your research goes to come up with these articles. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love some scenic water and mountain views while dining when in the Georgia Mountains. I’ve not been to the Mountains in Georgia, but when I visit I’ll be sure to try out some of your recommendations. This very helpful.

    Thanks for sharing.



    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much Sergej! I’m so happy to hear that you have found some great ways to enjoy the North Georgia mountains!!

  12. Cynthia says:

    I wish I could see your pictures but they’re not showing up.  Aside from that, I love local restaurants and especially ones that have a scenic, waterfront view.  And, to be honest, you had me a The Troll Tavern. A restaurant located under a bridge serving Roast Beast and Billy Goat Burgers?  I think this rates a special trip to Georgia!!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Cynthia, I’m so sorry to hear that you can’t see the photos (try refreshing your page, as things look good from this end). These restaurants provide very different views and experiences, from the lively riverfronts to the relaxed fine dining at Lake Chatuge. The Troll Tavern is a great place to enjoy a summer drink while people float by in the river on small rafts. Enjoy!

  13. Cogito says:

    Hi Alyce. Thank you for another great post. Every time Im visiting your blog I want to visit Georgia Mountains more and more. In addition to beautiful nature and super interesting museums it seems that another reason for trip is great food in stunning places. I love El Cancun view and I hope I will be able to visit it soon.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Cogito, Thanks so much! There are definitely lots of places to actively explore in North Georgia, but it’s also nice to be able to sit back and enjoy an easy waterfront view with your meal. 

  14. bethebest#128 says:

    This is a nice article! I have never been to any of these places, but I wouldn’t mind going to all of them actually.

    I think that all of theses places are worth a visit. I appreciate you giving the directions and location. I find your map and satellite features to be very effective and simple.

    One thing I love about your site in general is how concise it is. For example, you are all about high-quality, buzz worthy restaurants to dine at in the Georgia Mountains. Overall, this is a wonderful amazing guide that anyone could find handy!

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks so much for the compliments! I think I’m blushing. 🙂 

      I hope you enjoy your meal(s) and these great waterfront restaurants in North Georgia!

  15. JJ says:

    Wow. What an exciting list of restaurants. The best thing about them is the location which allows you to check them out one by one when you are on vacation in the area. I find the whole idea of boating to a restaurant for dinner very romantic. I like most of them my preferences being the marinas, and the Cafe International. Thank you for this review. It is worth checking out for planning my group vacations.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi JJ, I’m happy to hear that you found some waterfront restaurants that you’d like to visit! Bon appetit! 

  16. Mike says:

    Wow!! What fabulous scenery the Georgia Mountains offers and how fantastic to have so many decent restaurants in the area. I love the idea of boating to a restaurant. To eat and drink in style whilst on a fantastic summer break. And to have the musical entertainment also. What a treat.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello Mike! I certainly agree — the times I’ve been able to enjoy a boat ride on the way to dinner have made the meal and the night even more special. 

  17. LineCowley says:

    One of my favourite settings for a meal out, is next to water, with watching the ocean as my top one for feeling spoilt. I’ve never been to the Georgia mountains, and you have presented us with numerous exciting options. Having a table above the water would be my first choice here, and having a walk next to the water afterwards, would complete the outing for me in the best possible way. 

    • Alyce says:

      It is definitely nice to find a beautiful space to enjoy a meal, and these waterfront restaurants provide just that! 

  18. Walt says:

    I have to say this is an unbelievable post reviewing all these great dining restaurants in the Georgia mountains. I’ve never been there, but reading each and every one of these places makes me want to put it in my travel bucket list. The beautiful scenery and the waterfront feature of each places is breathtaking. I will definitely keep your site as my travel reference and thank you for taking the time to share with us your passion!!! 

  19. Kelvin says:

    Wow! Amazing! Just so amazing. Getting to partake in a waterfront dining is really nice, as one gets to enjoy the breathtaking view of the water and the creatures in it as he or she enjoys their meal. This is something to add to a to-do list when on holidays, and the Georgia Mountains seems to be a great place for such experience. They have over 10 different waterfront restaurants at different locations. Very nice. Thanks for sharing this exciting information with us. It was fun reading this article.

  20. ReeceMichael says:

    i’m a lover of nature and so many times I have loved to just sit and watch the wonders of nature (looking at the trees and water) while enjoying the breeze. These wonderful waterfront restaurants make me really excited — they seem like exactly what I was looking for to enjoy a fantastic meal in a gorgeous natural view. Thanks for sharing for those who visit the Georgia mountains. 

    • Alyce says:

      I agree that it’s so very nice to enjoy these amazing places. The weather is perfect right now and the Autumn leaves are getting more beautiful every day. Make sure to make reservations (where possible) as the mountains have their peak visitor traffic during this time and the waterfront restaurants will reach capacity quickly!

  21. philebur says:

    These restaurants look really great, i think i will be visiting one of these places during the weekend for some family time, thanks. Is is good to have easy access to information about making reservations and finding the waterfront restaurants that are closest to us. Do you have a favorite place that you go to a lot?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi, I haven’t been able to pick a favorite waterfront restaurant, but I do enjoy listening to the sound of water rushing by… for that reason it can be very nice to dine at a riverfront restaurant. 

  22. DarmiMaddie says:

    The Georgia mountains are a very serene place that have a lot more than what people expect. I really like the place and how beautiful and awesome the relaxed pace of life is there. Seeing this here now too has given me a lot of great ideas of places to explore when there to visit my Hubby’s mom. Kudos!

    • Alyce says:

      The mountains are full of beautiful places to explore, and the waterfront restaurants in the mountains are a great way to sit back and enjoy the natural beauty while you have a meal!

  23. Justin says:

    Hello there, I’ve been thinking of going to the Georgia mountains for a while now, but figured we would be staying in a cabin and preparing all of our own meals. It’s nice to see all of these options for waterfront (and outdoor) restaurants to provide a change of pace and some gourmet dining options. Thanks for sharing this list. The map is very helpful too as we plan to explore as much as we can of the North Georgia area, and it will be helpful to look on the map to see if we are nearby any waterfront restaurants!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Justin, 

      I’m so glad to hear that you have found this article on waterfront restaurants in the Georgia mountains to be useful. Some of these restaurants are a bit off of the beaten path, so the map should be helpful for those days when you want to stop for a bite to eat on your way to (or from) somewhere else.

  24. Mahasin1 says:

    Who would have knew the Appalachian mountains had such wonderful sights and places to dine. Your lay out of the various places a person can go to for enjoyment was good. I especially like that you added the map of the places in a real time manner. How were you able to incorporate that feature?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mahasin1, I’m happy to hear that you have found the map feature to be useful. I am able to acheive these custom maps using a wordpress plugin called Hero Maps.

  25. DorcasW says:

    Hello; Wow! I always find the Georgia Mountains Resorts interesting, but the collection of Waterfront Restaurants and bars come to me now as a bonus. Although it is hard for me to make a choice I finally decide on making it to Milton Park at Lake Burton. The scenery at this specific waterfront caught my interest greatly. I hope I can make it before Winter.


    • Alyce says:

      It’s great that there are so many different restaurants on the water to choose from in the Georgia mountains! I’d recommend that you try the ones that are closest to you first, then venture out for a scenic drive if you have enough time to keep exploring.

  26. Mikhail says:

    Growing up on the west coast, the east coast is quite foreign to me. Now, if I ever want to visit the east coast, a waterfront restaurant could definitely be a place I could visit. Thanks to your post, I now know about a few more places of interest I didn’t even know existed. I should bookmark your post so in case I’m ever in Georgia, I know where to go. The pictures are amazing by the way.

    • Alyce says:

      It’s true that the East and West coasts are quite different, but they both offer natural beauty, rich history, and tons of wonderful places to explore. I’m glad you enjoy the photos and hopefully you’ll be able to experience the scenery yourself one day!

  27. Wilson says:

    Great list! I’m from Alabama and travel to Georgia all the time! Next time I’m going to be around one of these spots I’ll have to check them out! I actually think that I will be around Helen and go try out the International Cafe!

    I love the rest of your site too! I’ve hike several times on the AT and have been zip lining Amicoala! 


    • Alyce says:

      Thanks Wilson! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the Georgia mountains so much and that you keep returning to the area!! It’s a beautiful area and these waterfront restaurants are the perfect spot to enjoy scenery with a great meal.

  28. Stella says:

    My cousin had given me news about the wonderful enjoyment he had in the Georgia mountains last year at Chophouse of la Prade. I would love to witness it myself. It won’t be anytime than this year, but God’s willing it will be soon. I love exploring nature and it has been so helpful for my mental relief. I came across details about Georgia mountains from this website before I heard from my cousin too. All the Riverside restaurant in here are eye catching and am very sure they will be a superb place to explore.

  29. chrisJ says:

    Well, I’m just about ready to book a trip to the Georgia Mountains today. The Villa Della Luna looks enchanting. You’ve compiled such a great list. Have you personally been to any particular resort that you recommend first? Georgia has always been one of my go to places for time away from my daily life. I did not realize that there were tree house rentals, how awesome?! I find the idea to be stellar, it must be very peaceful. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Chris, My recommendation would depend on what you are most looking for during your trip to the Georgia mountains. 

      Personally, I really enjoy the cabins between Blue Ridge and Blairsville for their sunset and mountain views. Staying in Dahlonega at Park Place Hotel is great because you can walk around to so many things. Staying at a vineyard is gorgeous and provides a place to taste some great local flavors. The treehouses are so unique, and they are a great option for when you really want to feel like you are “getting away” from life’s busy bustle. It’s hard to choose a single favorite… it all depends on the setting you prefer!

  30. Kat says:

    What an awesome collection of dining options for anyone researching into their next holiday in the Georgia Mountains. I also love that you’ve mentioned you need to call ahead to make sure the restaurant will be open. It makes sense though when some of these places run during peak holiday season. Seeing the wide range of options while also showing what’s available in each area gives travellers and diners options they would not have thought of going. There’s some gorgeous places listed here. I’ll be sure to bookmark this post and check this list out when I plan my next holiday to Georgia Mountains. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Jim says:

    Hi Alyce. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit some of the magnificent restaurants and site you mention in your article. I have never been to the USA let alone Georgia. But I am planning a lengthy trip there in 2020. My wife and I intend to visit as many areas of the states as we can and the Georgia region is one of them. I will definitely being taking notes from your website and planning the trip around as many of the food venues mentioned as we are able to. The cool mountain streams you have shown us look very inviting. Thank you for this great blog. Jim

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks for the compliments Jim! I have been to all 50 states and I admire your goal of seeing as many as you can. All 50 states have something beautiful to offer and each area of the country can have it’s own character. I hope you and your wife have a fantastic trip to the USA and if you need more info on the Georgia mountains area, be sure to reach out!

  32. Alblue says:

    Oh there are sure a lot of unique dining places in Georgia. I can’t go there this year due to my plan in other country, but I will check it again for next year. From the above restaurants, is there anything that you can recommend for vegetarian? Half of my family is vegetarian (and picky eaters). Thank you in advance for your answer

    • Alyce says:

      Hi, that is a great question. Vegetarians should be able to find many options at most of the nicer restaurants above (vegetarians wouldn’t enjoy the BBQ places), but know that vegans may find it much more challenging in these small towns. 

  33. Eric says:

    While they all sound great, I actually love Mexican and seafood. I see two that have already caught my attention. Hopefully one day I will visit Georgia and get to try out these different restaurants. This is a fantastic and extensive list of different places to dine. 

    Thanks for heads up for foreign travelers.

    • Alyce says:

      There are some great seafood places in the mountains that are able to get local fresh fish (freshwater), so you’ll definitely enjoy some great meals on your trip!

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